Artist: Fara wo Milan
Released Date: 2018
Record Lable: Indie
Artist: Fara wo Milan
Released Date: 2018
Record Lable: Indie
Kifír is the First Album of Rev. Fr. Dufe Joseph Ndzelen OFM Cap. Himself Professor of Moral Theology and the Church’s Social Teaching in the Major Seminary of Bambui, his musical collection addresses moral and social issues. There is also a liturgical and spiritual touch in this collection. He dedicated the album to his mother Mama Regula Wintem who is at the roots of his musical talent. Every song has its special contribution to the collection. And we look at some examples.
This is a cry for world peace, especially in the context of the Socio-Political Crisis that escalated in Cameroon from 2016. It makes ample use of the Declaration of the Bishops of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference (BAPEC) following the massive demonstrations and the curfew imposed on the North West and South West Regions from Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October 2017. This Declaration was released on the 4th October 2017.
The cry for peace is all over, kids and their mothers are crying for peace; beating people up and burning of structures cannot bring peace at all. It does not matter the person who started it nor the one who supports it; doctor, lawyer, teacher, military, Takumbeng, it makes no sense playing the denial game.
Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
The Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi has gained popularity since the escalation of the Socio-Political Crisis, at least in the badly affected English-Speaking Regions. As Patron Saint of Ecology, St. Francis was known to even have pacified or tamed wild animals – an example is the calming down of the ferocious wolf of Gubbio.
It is narrated that once a great dispute arose between the Bishop of Assisi and the magistrates of the city. The Bishop fulminated against the interdict, and the magistrates placed the prelate beyond the pale of the law and forbade all association with him and his followers. The Saint, distressed by such strife, lamented that there was no one who would intervene to establish peace. He then added to his “Canticle of Creation” the following verse: Praised be thou, O Lord, for them that for thy love forgive, and undergo tribulation and weakness. Blessed are they that shall in peace sustain, for by thee, O Most High, they shall be crowned.
Then he ordered his followers to go boldly to seek the principal men of the town and to beg them to make their way to the Bishop, and on arriving there, to sing in chorus the new verse. The disciples obeyed and, at the chanting of his words, to which God seemed to lend a secrete virtue, the adversaries embraced each other in their penitence and asked pardon.
Kifir, which is global warming, is the third piece in the album. This is the track that has given its name to the entire album. It addresses social and environmental hazards that are devouring like wild fire.
On the social level, youths are all dying and no one sees a bright future. Prostitution has become the order of the day and it is provoked by poverty. The rich people use their wealth to lure the young ones without shame.
On the environmental level streams that used to constitute large water bodies have virtually dried out. The burning of farms and the use of chemical fertilizers have jointly killed insects like crickets, beetles and termites, that help to aerate the soil. The land has been deforested. Water has become a scarce commodity. On the religious level, there is lukewarmness in faith issues.
Jesus in the Eucharist
This piece extols Jesus who has given himself to us in the Eucharist. Wonderful as he is, loving as he is, mighty as he is, King of kings as he is, almighty as he is, holy as he is, glorious as he is; every day we come to praise his name. His Mother Mary is our refuge and we, her children, go to her with confidence and invoke her to come and help us in the battle against evil and sin.
Palm Oil Solidarity
This piece was conceived the day it was rumoured that Lake Awing was emitting a toxic gas. This event showed the high level of human solidarity as each person tried to send messages and make calls to friends and family members checking out if they had drunk or licked palm oil as a preventive measure.
It is alleged that people even as far as in Finland were compelled by their families back in Cameroon to drink palm oil. It also shows how the social media could be a fast means of linking people when danger strikes. In times of danger, we need to get first of all to God who alone saves. It is amazing that few people thought about this but that so many had total faith in palm oil and tried at all cost to get their dear ones to drink or lick palm before escaping.
Seek ye First
A combination of the hymns “Seek ye First the Kingdom of God” and “Father Almighty we give you our thanks”, all in the Cameroon Hymnal, this piece is a nice blend which makes for gentle zouk-style or folk-stroll dancing.
In everything we do, the kingdom of God should be our focal point. At a time like ours, only love and true love can save us. This is the message that Paul addresses to the Christian community of Corinth in his First Letter to them in the 13th Chapter, in which he extols love, which is the greatest of the three theological virtues.
(Steve Dufe Vol. 2)
Fonlon Arise is a track from Steve Dufe’s second album “Tribute to Dr. Fonlon”. Dedicated to the late revered Cameroonian statesman and philosopher of Nso’, late Dr. Bernard Nsokika Fonlon, (Shufai Ntoo Ndzeev) the piece addresses the great gesture of this great mind of having brought potable water to his homeland Kumbo. It invokes his intercession for the development of the Nso land. Gentle as it is, this track softly proposes regional balance in Cameroon, the dream of the gone-ahead hero for his fatherland.
There’s so much more you can take from this album. It was produced by Fara wo Milan himself, together with DJ Okoro in Bamenda.
Release Date: 2018
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